23 year old Dalit man dies after being assaulted by ‘upper caste’ men for sitting on chair, eating at wedding reception

A Dalit man died on Sunday, after he was allegedly beaten up by a group of men from an upper-caste community in Tehri district of Uttarakhand, PTI reported.

The 23-year-old was assaulted on April 26, purportedly for sitting on a chair and eating in front of the upper-caste group at a wedding reception.

Jitendra Das succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at a Dehradun hospital.

On April 29, the man’s sister filed a complaint against a group of seven men. The accused have been identified as Gajendra Singh, Soban Singh, Kushal Singh, Gabbar Singh, Gambhir Singh, Harbir Singh and Hukum Singh. A case was filed against them under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

After his death, his relatives and villagers staged a protest outside the Coronation Hospital in Dehradun where his body was taken for a postmortem examination, The Times of India reported.

His sister Pooja Das told The Times of India that the incident occurred at her cousin’s wedding.

“My brother made the mistake that he took food from the same counter from where upper-caste people were eating,” she said. “He then sat on a chair next to them. They said that this lower-caste [person] cannot sit and eat along with us.”

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